10 music venues you must visit in Birmingham
Birmingham is a city with a vibrant cultural scene; there is so much to see and do every day of the week, including live music, theatre and art. We asked students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire what their favourite live music venues are in the city, and marked them on a map so you can see how much music you can experience away from your own performance and practice – and many of the best venues are really close to the Conservatoire itself
An independent live music venue and restaurant for smaller, more intimate gigs from some of Birmingham’s best emerging local bands. As well as the best local live music, The Sunflower Lounge also has a DJ playing everything from 60’s to indie rock to funk and soul.
An old cosy pub with a performance space for regular live music. There is a selection of music events depending on the day of the week, from traditional Irish musicians, jazz, classical compositions, blues, folk and more. As well as live music, the performance space in The Spotted Dog is also used for film and spoken word.
The CBSO is one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Based in the CBSO Centre, the orchestra provides over 100 concerts each year and plays a wide variety of musical genres. From classical to contemporary musical to symphonic disco, the CBSO gets involved in all aspects of music-making in the West Midlands.
The ICC is a key conference venue in Birmingham City Centre. Including Symphony Hall, the ICC has 11 halls that host around 400 events every year.
Symphony Hall is a concert venue within the ICC and stages performances from a variety of genres including jazz, folk, pop, rock, classical and dance.
Named after Northern Soul record ‘The Night Owl’ by Booby Paris, this venue is the Midlands’ finest soul and retro club, as well as an intimate live music venue. Situated in the core of Birmingham’s creative quarter, The Night Owl is a hub for soul and guitar-based music.